Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy on this date in 1452.
Four of the Master's best known works:
Self Portrait 1512-1515
Mona Lisa 1503"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
The Last Supper 1498
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
The Vitruvian Man 1485
"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."
Painter Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri on this date in 1889.
“I have a sort of inner conviction that for all the possible limitations of my mind and the disturbing effects of my processes, for all the contradicting struggles and failures I have gone through, I have come to something that is in the image of America and the American people of my time. This conviction is in me pretty deeply. My American image is made up of what I have come across, of what was ‘there’ in the time of my experience- no more, no less.”
Still life with Wildflowers and Summer Squash
"The Empress of the Blues", Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, TN on this date in 1894.